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Victim's father speaks out

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As a family mourns the death of a woman found by the side of a Tompkins County road, the victim's father is speaking out. YNN's Tamara Lindstrom sat down with Crystal Bevier-Grobelny's father and tells us what he wants to community to know.

TOMPKINS COUNTY, N.Y. -- Before her tragic death was making headlines, Crystal Bevier-Grobelny was busy bringing her family together.

"She was the social butterfly. She always saw the good in people," Phil Bevier said.

The 31-year-old Moravia woman was mother to a six-year-old little girl and dreamed of a career in law enforcement. But when Phil Bevier's phone rang Sunday afternoon, he knew all that had changed.

"I didn't know it was this bad," Bevier said. "That was devastating."

Crystal's body was discovered by a passerby early Sunday morning. She was lying on the side of the road in the Town of Dryden.

Tompkins County Sheriff's deputies arrested Arthur Basso, 36, also of Moravia, and charged him with leaving the scene of an incident without reporting it. The couple had been living together, but Bevier claims there was trouble.

Bevier said, "One night somebody called me. She was bleeding in the head and she told me she fell. Well, I found out afterwards that he smashed her head in the side of the car. I said get rid of him. Why are you still with him?"

Bevier says his daughter was too afraid to leave the relationship. He hopes others in the same position will find the courage to get help.

"There's always hope, but you've got to reach out and get it," Bevier said.

Now, Bevier finds comfort in his family and his faith.

"The only thing I can say now is at least she's not getting hurt. She's not being beat on," Bevier said. "She's in God's hands now."

The cause of death is still under investigation. More charges are pending in the case.

Investigators are asking anyone with information to call (607) 272-2444.

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